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The many faces of Boston, delivered with a smile

Your ticket to Boston’s sports, shopping, universities and history.

With Boston’s history, it could take many lifetimes to experience all there is to see, do and take-in while you’re in America’s first city. Fortunately, with the Copley Square Hotel’s convenient location right in the middle of the action, you and your group can explore enough for several lifetimes in just a few days.

Just about every minute of the day, there’s a sport being contested, an event being run and a group making history in the moment, with Fenway Park, TD Garden and Hynes Convention Center just steps away. Window shopping is tops, with Prudential Center, Newbury Street, South End/Tremont Street, and our namesake –Copley Square– right outside your window. If higher education is high on your list, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern and MIT offer tours with a “degree” of sophistication. When you’re looking to step back in time, The Freedom Trail and The Museum of Fine Arts will take you there. And if you prefer to go by water like the original Bostonians, cruises and duck tours will float your boat. There's never a shortage of things to do in Back Bay Boston.

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Sports

Boston is an amazing sports town. Red Sox, Pats, Bruins and Celtics; Boston has it all. Catch a game during your stay at Copley Square Hotel!

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Romance

There's so much to do with your special someone in Boston. Explore the romantic side of the city during your stay at Copley Square Hotel.

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History

Boston's rich history provides tons to learn and explore in the city. Make sure to plan for the signature historic experiences only Boston can offer.

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Tours & Attractions

Boston is known for it's many attractions and tours, like the famous duck tours.

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Family Fun

Boston is perfect for your next family vacation, with something for everyone. Just outside Copley's door there is so much for families to do.

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Graduations

Copley Square Square Hotel is right in the middle of Boston's top colleges and universities & just steps from the best shopping, dining and attractions.

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Wanderlust

We've put together the perfect things to do in Boston's Back Bay, whether you're in town for the weekend, looking for adventure or want the local experience.

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Shopping

Boston is an amazing sports town. Red Sox, Pats, Bruins and Celtics; Boston has it all. Catch a game during your stay at Copley Square Hotel!

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Nightlife

A creative cocktail in the hip lounge where all the locals hang or a carefully crafted libation in the once famed speakeasy? No need to choose, you can enjoy both under one roof.

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Acorn Street

Acorn Street

Distance: 1.5 mi


This narrow street is a reminder that Boston is a city built over a centuries-old town. Don’t forget your camera — it’s also one of the most photographed areas in the city.

Acorn Street

Acorn Street

Distance: 1.5 mi


This narrow street is a reminder that Boston is a city built over a centuries-old town. Don’t forget your camera — it’s also one of the most photographed areas in the city.

Boston Common

Boston Common

Distance: 1 mi


Created in 1634 (149 years before the founding of the United States), Boston Common is the oldest city park in the country.

Boston Common

Boston Common

Distance: 1 mi


Created in 1634 (149 years before the founding of the United States), Boston Common is the oldest city park in the country.

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

Distance: 0.1 mi


If you think that libraries are just for borrowing books and free WiFi, you need to reassess. The Central Library on Copley Square hosts lunchtime concerts, museum-quality traveling exhibitions, and meet and greets with best-selling authors.

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

Distance: 0.1 mi


If you think that libraries are just for borrowing books and free WiFi, you need to reassess. The Central Library on Copley Square hosts lunchtime concerts, museum-quality traveling exhibitions, and meet and greets with best-selling authors.

Charles River Esplanade

Charles River Esplanade

Distance: 1.3 mi


Connected to Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace system of parks and open spaces, the park is home to the country's first public boating program. This 17-mile stretch of land along the banks of the Charles River houses the Hatch Shell and paths that run the length of the park for biking, walking, and rollerblading.

Charles River Esplanade

Charles River Esplanade

Distance: 1.3 mi


Connected to Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace system of parks and open spaces, the park is home to the country's first public boating program. This 17-mile stretch of land along the banks of the Charles River houses the Hatch Shell and paths that run the length of the park for biking, walking, and rollerblading.

Cheers Bar

Distance: 1.2 mi


As the inspiration for the '80s hit TV show Cheers, the exterior of this intimate neighborhood pub is easily recognized, but the inside doesn't resemble the Hollywood soundstage in any way. It continues to be a top tourist attraction in the city to this day.

Cheers Bar

Cheers Bar

Distance: 1.2 mi


As the inspiration for the '80s hit TV show Cheers, the exterior of this intimate neighborhood pub is easily recognized, but the inside doesn't resemble the Hollywood soundstage in any way. It continues to be a top tourist attraction in the city to this day.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Distance: 1.2 mi


Dubbed "America's most beloved ballpark," Fenway is the oldest Major League Baseball park in the country. The lone red seat in the right field bleachers represents the longest home run ever hit at Fenway, by Ted Williams in 1946.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Distance: 1.2 mi


Dubbed "America's most beloved ballpark," Fenway is the oldest Major League Baseball park in the country. The lone red seat in the right field bleachers represents the longest home run ever hit at Fenway, by Ted Williams in 1946.

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

Distance: 1 mi


Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary-era sites, from the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End.

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

Distance: 1 mi


Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary-era sites, from the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End.

Hatch Shell

Hatch Shell

Distance: 1.9 mi


Come the summer months, the lawn in front of the shell becomes a sea of blankets as people claim a place for the summer movie series that features box-office hits both recent and classic.

Hatch Shell

Hatch Shell

Distance: 1.9 mi


Come the summer months, the lawn in front of the shell becomes a sea of blankets as people claim a place for the summer movie series that features box-office hits both recent and classic.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Distance: 1.4 mi


If you’re wearing Red Sox memorabilia, you receive discounted admission to this Fenway-Kenmore museum that houses philanthropist Isabella Gardner’s eccentric art collection featuring artists like Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Raphael. © Sean Dungan

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Distance: 1.4 mi


If you’re wearing Red Sox memorabilia, you receive discounted admission to this Fenway-Kenmore museum that houses philanthropist Isabella Gardner’s eccentric art collection featuring artists like Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Raphael. © Sean Dungan

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Distance: 2 mi


Be sure to set aside about two hours to check out all 20,000 animals housed in the aquarium, assuming you aren't also taking advantage of the on-site IMAX theatre and summer whale watches.

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Distance: 2 mi


Be sure to set aside about two hours to check out all 20,000 animals housed in the aquarium, assuming you aren't also taking advantage of the on-site IMAX theatre and summer whale watches.

Old South Church

Old South Church

Distance: 0.1 mi


This gothic-revival church was built in 1873 and hosts regular “fun” faith programs, like festivals and jazz worship services.

Old South Church

Old South Church

Distance: 0.1 mi


This gothic-revival church was built in 1873 and hosts regular “fun” faith programs, like festivals and jazz worship services.

Old State House

Old State House

Distance: 2.2 mi


On the Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of this relic of the Revolution, which was originally built in 1713, making it 70 years older than the United States!

Old State House

Old State House

Distance: 2.2 mi


On the Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of this relic of the Revolution, which was originally built in 1713, making it 70 years older than the United States!

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Distance: 0.2 mi


View the city and beyond from 50 floors up at Boston’s only sky-high vantage point.

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Distance: 0.2 mi


View the city and beyond from 50 floors up at Boston’s only sky-high vantage point.

TD Garden

TD Garden

Distance: 2.3 mi


As well as being the home of the Boston Celtics, the Garden hosts concerts from top performers like Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, and Elton John. © Marcio Jose Bastos Silva

TD Garden

TD Garden

Distance: 2.3 mi


As well as being the home of the Boston Celtics, the Garden hosts concerts from top performers like Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, and Elton John. © Marcio Jose Bastos Silva

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

Distance: 0.6 mi


When not conducting services or hosting concerts and guest lecturers, volunteers take visitors on guided tours of the opulent 120-year-old church.

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

Distance: 0.6 mi


When not conducting services or hosting concerts and guest lecturers, volunteers take visitors on guided tours of the opulent 120-year-old church.

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